Beware of agency driver risks, says Brake

20th June 2012

Road safety charity Brake has issued a reminder to fleet companies that they remain as responsible for the safety of agency drivers as they are for those employed on a permanent basis.

The advice comes as the Fleet Safety Forum, a division of Brake, released new guidance for fleet managers on Managing Agency Drivers today (June 20th).

According to research conducted for the group by Dr Will Murray, agency drivers are found to be more prone to getting involved in collisions – which makes for concerning reading given that 42 per cent of firms currently use temporary staff as drivers.

Brake development manager Roz Cumming called on firms to be extra-vigilant when bringing in temporary staff.

"Managers must approach this proactively and ensure drivers provided by recruitment agencies are appropriately qualified and receive the same training as their own staff," she said.

The new guidance covers a variety of areas; including inductions on company safe driving policy, vehicle checks and ensuring agency drivers are subjected to the same spot checks as company workers.

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